57-year-old Curtis Douglas Lail of West NC Highway 10 in Vale was arrested Monday (May 28) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with discharging a firearm to incite fear and assault on a female.
According to multiple published reports, Officers were called after the suspect allegedly fired a weapon inside a residence then barricaded himself inside a home. The incident occurred Monday afternoon on the 8000 block of West Highway 10 north of Vale. According to reports, a husband and wife got into an argument Sunday night (May 27). The husband then fired a shot inside the home but no one was injured as a result.
The published reports say the wife and two kids left the home, Special Tactics and Response Team (STAR) officers later arrived after being called to the scene. STAR team officers took Lail into custody. He was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $20,000 bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (May 29) on the weapon charge, a District Court appearance is set for June 27 on the assault charge.
16-year-old Hayden Nathaniel Roland of Rockwell Loop in Mooresville was arrested Wednesday (May 23) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and possession of a weapon by a prisoner.
On Wednesday an officer at the Iredell County Detention Center was assaulted by an inmate while he was conducting medical rounds with the nurse. During the investigation it was learned that inmate Hayden Nathaniel Roland had altered his prescription reading glasses into a sharp object.
According to a news release issued by the Iredell County Sheriff's Office, when the victim called for Roland’s cell door to be opened, the suspect charged at Corporal Moreland and struck him in the upper chest area with the makeshift knife. The officer did not sustain any injuries and was able to subdue Roland and prevent him from injuring anyone else.
Bond on the assault and weapon charges was set at 250,000 secured. Roland was originally being held on a misdemeanor damage to property charge under a 1,000 dollar secured bond. District Court dates were scheduled today (May 25) and June 11.
22-year-old Tyler James Angel of 10th Street Boulevard NW in Hickory was arrested today (May 25) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with discharging a weapon into an occupied dwelling or moving vehicle and felony conspiracy. Angel is also charged by Probation and Parole with misdemeanor probation violation. Angel was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $7,500 bond. District Court dates are set for next Wednesday (May 30) and June 4.
The City of Hickory and the Northwest North Carolina Mountain Bike Alliance invite the public to attend a ribbon cutting for the Lake Hickory Trails on Friday, June 1, at 11:00 a.m., at the beginner loop trailhead.
The ceremony will celebrate the completion of the Lake Hickory Trails, a system of mountain biking trails at Hickory City and Rotary-Geitner Parks, which include a 1.8-mile beginner flow trail, a 4-mile intermediate loop, a pump track for both advanced and beginner riders, and an advanced jump line for more skilled riders.
In early 2017, Hickory citizens, Kirk Brittain and Brad Stevens, approached the City, seeking to adopt the trails between Hickory City Park and Rotary-Geitner Park, and spearhead an effort to improve the existing trails so that mountain bikers of all skill levels could enjoy them. Brittain and Stevens are both members of the Northwest North Carolina Mountain Bike Alliance. The project and funding were run through The Alliance for its expertise in this arena, and non-profit status.
Brittain and Stevens raised over $100,000 locally from corporations, small businesses, and the public to fund the project. Some of the major sponsors include the Broyhill Family Foundation, HSM Solutions, Rock n Road Bicycles, Defeet International, Vesco Toyota Lift, Corning, and the Beaver Foundation. Professional trail contractors, Terra Tek Trails, were hired to build the trails to create what is now called the Lake Hickory Trail System.
S&P Global, the world’s leading provider of credit ratings, has raised its long-term general obligation debt rating on Catawba County from “AA-” to “AA.” S&P Global Ratings are opinions about issuers’ capacity and willingness to meet their financial obligations in full and on time. Much like someone’s credit score, a higher credit rating means Catawba County will pay less interest on its debt.
Catawba County’s S&P score now means out of the 20 North Carolina counties with a population between 100,000 and 250,000 people, Catawba County has the second-highest rating possible, tied with Iredell, Cabarrus, and Johnston counties. The only North Carolina counties in this population category with a higher rating are New Hanover and Orange counties.
According to S&P Global’s findings, this upgrade reflects the County’s improved general creditworthiness based on an assessment of several key indicators, including their view of the County’s stable and improving local economy. This economic outlook is attributed to the County’s continued economic development and expansion, a diverse local tax base that has been trending upward since the recession, and increasing new residential and commercial development.
Other indicators supporting the raised rating included the County’s "very strong flexibility and liquidity, and very strong management which has contributed to strong budgetary performance and surplus operations in recent years,” according to S&P Global’s findings.
Earlier this month, the Catawba County Library System received a Community Partnership Award from Catawba Valley Community College.
CVCC’s School of Academics, Education & Fine Art recognized the Catawba County Library System for exceptional collaboration on programming for the college’s 2017-18 Interdisciplinary Read selection "Just Mercy" by Bryan Stevenson. CVCC recognized the Library and the Historical Association of Catawba County as being led by individuals who create opportunities for CVCC students and the community to learn, grow, and create hope.
The Catawba County Library System was honored for its outstanding efforts in hosting presentations, films, and community discussions on various aspects of "Just Mercy." Those events promoted conversations around the difficult topic of criminal justice reform.
The Historical Association of Catawba County was honored for its partnership with the college and the CVCC Foundation that created the “Historian in Residence” program. This initiative has fostered numerous innovative collaborations, including production of “Miracle,” a documentary about the 1944 polio epidemic. Others include a classroom at the History Museum where a variety of CVCC history courses are taught, and the recent exhibit “Unpacking: How Many Cultures Make Catawba Home.”
Suzanne White, Catawba County Library System Director; Sybil Stewart, President of the Board of Directors of the Historical Association of Catawba County; and Dr. Amber Albert, Executive Director of the Historical Association of Catawba County, accepted the awards.
31-year-old Jonathan Lee Thompson of Henderson Drive in Statesville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on one felony count each of breaking & entering a motor vehicle and burning personal property, plus one misdemeanor count of injury to personal property.
His arrest stems from an incident early yesterday morning (May 24) when a vehicle fire was reported near Thompson’s residence. Deputies responded to the scene due to the suspicious nature of the fire. A Detective with the Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Division spoke to the victim and several neighbors.
One of the neighbors told the Detective about video footage of a subject walking away from the vehicle as it was burning, heading in the direction of one of the neighboring houses. The Detective then located Jonathan Thompson at a home on Henderson Drive, directly beside the victim’s house. As he spoke to the Detective, Thompson admitted that he started the fire.
Thompson was arrested on the scene and placed in the Iredell Co. Detention Center under a $100,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today.
Thompson has a prior criminal history that includes assault on a female (five counts), communicating threats, assault with a deadly weapon, habitual assault, and narcotics conspiracy.
36-year-old Latonya Adale Hulcey Gragg of Enlos Place in Lenoir was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before 8 a.m. yesterday (May 24) on one felony count of identity theft and misdemeanor counts of driving while impaired and driving while license revoked. The warrants for her arrest were issued on May 21 in Gaston County. The complainant is listed as an Officer with the Cherryville Police Department.
Gragg was taken into custody without incident on the 500 block of Highway 321 N.W. in Hickory. She was processed at the Hickory Police Department and later released under a $5,000 unsecured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for May 29 in Gastonia.
The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office is continuing to seek information on a woman who has been missing for almost four years. Toasha Nicole Rice, also known as Nikki Green on her Facebook page, was last seen leaving a friend’s home on Eaker Road in western Lincoln County. She got into a black four door sedan with a white female driver on May 26, 2014 and has not been seen since.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives have interviewed family members and a number of people she was known to associate with but no one has any information about the missing woman. In the months after Toasha went missing, officers used a K-9 search team in a large wooded area off Sorrells Baxter Road and Eaker Road in western Lincoln County, around the old Massapoag Mill in Lincolnton and several other locations outside Lincoln County. All leads were exhausted with no signs of the woman.
Detectives followed up on all leads received in the case but nothing in the lengthy search has led them to Toasha Rice. She is a white female and was 27-years-old when she disappeared. She is 5' 6" tall and weighs 140 pounds.
Anyone with information about the missing woman is asked to contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050, the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202 or Lincolnton/Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909. Detectives will follow up all leads. Callers can remain anonymous and if your tip leads to the case being solved, you could receive a reward of up to $1,000.
26-year-old Eliceo Lee Chavez of Highland Avenue in Hickory was arrested Thursday (May 24) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged on a bill of indictment with three counts of break or enter a motor vehicle. Chavez was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled Thursday.
35-year-old Christopher Gene Crawford of North Main Street Parallel in Granite Falls was arrested Thursday (May 24) by Granite Falls Police Officers. He's charged with felony violation of electronic house arrest order. Crawford was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $50,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for July 23 in Lenoir.
62-year-old Rafael Gonzalez Flores of Hard Luck Hill Drive in Harmony was arrested Tuesday (May 22) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two felony counts of indecent liberties with a child.
According to a news release issued Thursday (May 24), on Tuesday March 20, a report was filed with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office in reference to a child being sexually assaulted at a local convenience store. Deputies responded to the location and identified and interviewed several individuals. Evidence was gathered from the scene and surveillance footage from the store was also reviewed.
The case was then assigned to the Special Victim’s Unit for further investigation. The victim was interviewed at the Dove House Children’s Advocacy Center. Based on the interview, additional witness were identified and interviewed. Rafael Gonzalez Flores was identified as the suspect. He was interviewed with the help of an interpreter.
Flores was given a $75,000 secured bond. His next District Court date is June 13.
Meetings are scheduled for next month to discuss proposed road projects in the region. The meetings affecting Hickory Metro area counties will be held between June 11 and June 25. Starting June 4, North Carolinians are invited to express their opinions about which regional and local transportation projects should be top priorities in the State Transportation Improvement Program or STIP. This is a 10-year plan that identifies funding for projects and schedules them for construction.
The N.C. Department of Transportation combines data and local input to determine which projects will get built, using a formula established in the Strategic Transportation Investments (STI) law to focus funding on projects that will reduce congestion, improve safety and promote economic growth.
During a public comment period that runs from June 4 through July 9, NCDOT will collect feedback from citizens who express their views at public meetings, online, by phone or in writing. NCDOT's 14 local transportation divisions will host informal meetings to present proposed projects and to receive public comment.
At each meeting, citizens are invited to stop in and provide input on how the division plans to rank its project priorities. Please note that these meetings are not for maintenance projects, such as patching potholes, resurfacing roads or improving ditches. In addition to the public meetings, NCDOT is offering other options for citizens to provide input starting Monday, June 4, through the STI website, ncdot.gov/sti. Citizens can complete a short, interactive survey to identify priority projects, or send a message to their local division planning engineer.
The meeting to discuss upcoming road work in Division 11, which includes Caldwell, Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Surry, Watauga, Wilkes, and Yadkin counties will be held from 4-6 p.m. June 11 at the NCDOT Division 11 Office at 802 Statesville Road in North Wilkesboro. Projects in Division 13, which includes Burke, Buncombe, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Rutherford and Yancey counties will be discussed June 14 from 5-7 p.m. at Lake Tomahawk Park in the Lakeview Clubhouse at 401 Laurel Circle Drive in Black Mountain. The meeting to discuss upcoming road work in Division 12, which includes Catawba, Alexander, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell and Lincoln counties will be held June 25 from 5-7 p.m. at Maiden Town Hall at 19 North Main Avenue in Maiden.
60-year-old David Reid Stikeleather of Regency Road in Mooresville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on three felony counts each of possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana and maintaining a dwelling to keep a controlled substance, plus two felony counts for the sale of marijuana. He was also charged with one felony count each for possession of L.S.D. and possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver marijuana “wax”. In addition, Stikeleather faces one count of misdemeanor possession with intent to sell or deliver a schedule IV controlled substance.
In March 2018, the Sheriff’s Office received complaints from concerned citizens in Mooresville’s Regency Road area. The information cited excessive activity and vehicle traffic at all hours of the day and night at Stikeleather’s residence.
Narcotics Investigations found that there had been several calls for service at the same address in the past. Stikeleather had been arrested for assaulting Deputies and other emergency personnel. Detectives began surveillance on the residence. Evidence was gathered indicating that Stikeleather was selling illegal drugs.
At about 10:30 a.m. yesterday (May 23), Narcotics Detectives and uniformed Deputies executed a search warrant at the residence. During the search, four pounds of marijuana was found, along with 116 grams of marijuana “wax”, two sets of digital scales, L.S.D., prescription pill bottles containing a variety of pills not prescribed to the suspect and over $20,000 in cash. The drugs seized have an estimated street value of over $30,000.
Stikeleather was placed in the Iredell Co. Detention Center under a $125,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today.
Stikeleather has a criminal history that includes possession of drug paraphernalia, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance, D.W.I. and simple assault.
19-year-old Titiyana Redmond of 2nd Street Place S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before eight o’clock last night (May 23) on one felony cont of financial transaction card fraud and two misdemeanor counts of financial transaction card fraud. The felony warrant was issued in January of this year. One misdemeanor warrant was issued on May 18 and the other was issued yesterday.
Redmond was taken into custody without incident at her residence. She was processed at the Hickory Police Department and released less than an hour later under a $2,500 unsecured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for June 13 in Newton.
31-year-old Jonathan Michael Cook was arrested Wednesday (May 23) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony larceny of motor vehicle parts. Cook was arrested at 1:21 p.m. Wednesday and placed in jail in Morganton under $5,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for June 12.
Over the Memorial Day weekend, the N.C. Department of Transportation will pause most road construction activities that require lane closures on major routes across the state to help holiday travelers have smoother trips. NCDOT will suspend most construction projects along interstate, N.C. and U.S. routes from 6 a.m. Friday (May 25) until 9 p.m. next Tuesday (May 29).
There will be some exceptions, including one in Iredell County. Construction lanes will still be narrowed on I-77 near Mooresville from Exit 36 to Exit 11 going both directions. The other exceptions are as follows;
U.S. 421 will have two of four lanes closed in both directions near Wilkesboro;
I-85 will have two of four lanes closed nightly between Exit 173 (Cole Mill Road) and Exit 178 (U.S. 70);
I-85 between Henderson and the Virginia state line will continue to have traffic in a two-lane, two-way pattern;
I-40 westbound near Mocksville will continue to have its right lane closed for paving and patching between mile markers 173 and 168;
Cape Fear Memorial Bridge electrical and mechanical repairs will continue in Wilmington and one of two lanes will be closed for both directions of travel;
I-26 will have a lane closed in both directions between mile markers 12 and 18 near Weaverville; and
U.S. 74 near Columbus will have lanes closed in both directions between mile markers 168 and 174.
And for travelers heading to West Virginia via I-77, an extensive paving project in that state near the Virginia border may cause major traffic delays in both directions near the East River Mountain Tunnel.
Here are some tips for safely navigating the highways during the Memorial Day weekend:
Leave early to get a head start on your drive. Travel at non-peak hours when possible;
Stay alert. Even if work is suspended, you may encounter narrowed lanes and traffic shifts in work zones;
Be patient and obey the posted speed limit;
Use alternate routes, when possible, to avoid traffic congestion;
Stay informed. Real-time travel information is available at www.DriveNC.gov, by calling 511, or by following NCDOT on Twitter;
Don’t drive drowsy. Travel at times when you are normally awake, and take frequent breaks; and
Avoid distracted driving. When drivers stop focusing on the road ahead, they react more slowly to traffic conditions and are more likely to be involved in an accident.
Also, be aware that the Highway Patrol and local law enforcement are taking part in the annual Memorial Day Click It or Ticket campaign, looking for drivers and passengers who are not using their seat belts.
27-year-old Zachary Gray Jenkins of Team Seller Road in Icard was arrested Wednesday (May 23) by Probation and Parole Officers. He's charged with five counts of felony probation violation along with one count of parole violation. Jenkins was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $50,000 bond. A Superior Court date is set for next Tuesday (May 29).
46-year-old Jason Allen Lee of Sherrills Ford Road in Catawba was arrested Wednesday (May 23) by Claremont Police Officers. He's charged with failure to appear on a count of failure to change address as a sex offender. Lee was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $30,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for July 10.
35-year-old Jennifer Elizabeth Allred of Springs Road in Conover was arrested by Conover Police Officers. She's charged with breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, simple possession of schedule II controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and misdemeanor child abuse. Allred was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (May 24) under $15,000 bond. A District Court date was scheduled today.